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Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks

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August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the music marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution toward other directions.
During the years they spent together, few people outside
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Paul Secor
Aug 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
A friend gave me an advance reading copy of Another Side and I decided to set aside the books I was reading to delve into it. BIG mistake. This book consists of the tape recorded ramblings of Bob Dylan's tour manager for a number of years. (He may have been Dylan's tour manager but, to me, he comes off more as a stoned go-fer and hanger-on.)

Maymudes' memoir is filled with gems like: "All the heavy hitters seemed to be in the Village now: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Jackson Pol
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Louise
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book is a memoir of Victor Maymudes (with commentary by his son) complied from tapes he made before his untimely death. I have to admit having Bob Dylan in the title pulled me in, but the book is more than that.

Son Jacob begins with portraits of his mother and paternal grandparents. You may wonder where this is going. You see later that they are critical. To understand Victor (whom the book is actually about) you need to understand his roots and his milieu.

If the tapes are an actual transc
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Kim
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Apparently the "[..]other Side of Bob Dylan" was named Victor. I learned more about Dylan's tour bus by reading this book than I learned about Dylan.
Tanya
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Once you've read one book about Bob Dylan, you've read them all.
Bill Keithler
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading many reviews of this book I went into it with my expectations not very high. The book turned out to be a positive surprise. Although Bob Dylan is a significant character he is not really the focus of this book – it is a memoir of Victor Maymudes' very interesting life. The book is far from an 'exploitative, tell-all.' In fact, some readers may be disappointed that it is not all about Bob Dylan.

While he spent considerable time working for Dylan and simply being his friend, Maymudes
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Leslie Sully
Aug 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Got an advanced copy. This book was TERRIBLE! As a Dylan fan, I as least expected some interesting inside info. The dad Victor Maymudes was such a hanger-on and his son Jake has followed in his footsteps. Trying to cash in on Dylan. Shameful. I just read that this was an attempted/failed Kickstarter campaign. Should have taken a hint to shelve this book.
Dave
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read about Victor Maymudes relationship with Bob Dylan. What starts out as a friendship based on intellectual musings, chess, and artistic interests slowly fades for a period of time once Bob makes his meteoric rise to stardom. Bob and Victor remain friends over time and Victor is finally brought back into the brood as an unofficial road manager. All of this history is revealed through Victor's memoirs which are brought to light through Victor's son and co-author Jacob.

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Harm Van
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's more about Victor Maymudes's son talking about his father than about ob Dylan but since Victor was an interesting man leading an amazing life I had no trouble reading this cover to cover and have enjoyed it very much.
Ciaran McLarnon
Apr 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
A mundane catalogue of events with a lot of name-dropping and too many unimportant details and unnecessary description. Seemed like the author didn't want to reveal too much, so he played it safe and revealed nothing surprising.
Kris
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Author based book on his father's memoirs, while adding a few memories of his own.
Jeff
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very intimate and telling portrayal from another perspective of a mythical man.
Candice Roy
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and explore the relationship Victor and Bob had. Aswell as the ERA and lifestyle they lived in. My imagination was able to visional create the stories in my head. Victors discription of the events really made you feel like you were there.
Joe
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of Bob, this is a good read, painting Dylan as an unfathomable mix of mercurially brilliant arrogant pissy rock star and incredibly generous, but at arms-length, friend.
Patrick
Jul 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
I don't know how I came across this book. Perhaps I was looking something else up when it popped up somewhere. Perhaps it came up as suggested reading since I recently read Levon Helm's book.

Nonetheless, I was a Dylan collector for many years, from sometime in the mid-1970s (when I placed a classified ad in Rolling Stone looking for rare tapes) until the mid-1980s when a family and career took over most of my time. Also... Dylan began touring incessantly, so, the recordings were way too volumino
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Tim Hoiland
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arts-music, biography
There are few public figures more enigmatic than Bob Dylan. Go back and watch some of the interviews he’s given over the years if you need to be reminded of just how guarded and evasive he can be. I think especially of his thoroughly uncomfortable 1965 conversation with TIME‘s Horace Judson. More recently, his own autobiography, Chronicles: Volume One, further served to mystify his devoted fans (while likewise delighting many others, of course).

Perhaps this longstanding pattern of evasiveness is
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Tom Mangano
Feb 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title is misleading and I found little to like about this audiobook. I gave up on it and returned to to the library early.
T.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Got this as a gift from a well-meaning friend, so I gave this book a chance. Mistake. First, this book is badly written, both the transcribed remarks of Victor M. and the bridges by his son. Awkward, repetitive. And the story he tells is without interest. Maymudes was a roadie for Dylan at various points in Dylan's career. Victor M wandered through the experience but comes up with very few unique insights. His reflections on touring are bland and undistinguished. He drops a lot of names of peopl ...more
Richard
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This is a surprisingly touching oral history/memoir from tapes made by Victor Maymudes and transcribed with comments by his son Jacob.

Victor was Dylan's friend, confidant, and road manager for many years until a final altercation involving Victor's daughter's management of Bob's Santa Monica coffee shop blew the friendship all to hell. But before that many adventures ensued, such as turning the Beatles on to pot, flummoxing Israeli security over the length of a concert, road trips into the heart
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Teddy
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Victor Maymudes was the tour manager for Bob Dylan on and off in the 60’s and then again 1986-1996. They became friends in the early 60’s and basically had an on/off friendship and working relationship. St. Martin’s Press signed him up to write his memoir but he died before he could complete it.

He had recorded over 24 hours of tape about his life and relationship with Dylan and his son, Jacob, used them to complete the book for him. He basically transcribed the tapes into print and put in his tw
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Deb
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. It was partly a personal look at a period of Bob Dylan's life when Victor served as Dylan's tour manager for two separate periods, transcribed from audiotapes in Maymudes' own voice by his son, Jacob, writing after his father's death, and partly an autobiographical look from Jacob's perpective.

Jacob found these tapes after his father's death, and talks in his own voice about how these tapes helped fill in the blanks of his father's life while he was away on the
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Brandon Morse
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, owned
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.

When I saw this book, I was really excited to jump into this and find out a lot more about Bob Dylan. I have not read any other biography of Bob Dylan, or Chronicles by Bob Dylan. So, with that I really couldn't wait to read this. Right away you find out this is not just about Bob Dylan nor a biography of sorts. It is a memoir of Victor Maymudes life before and during his time with Dylan. Thankfully though, I was not bored or lost interest of this.
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Bob Reutenauer
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had heard the author on a couple of pre-release radio bits and eagerly picked it up right away. I am as a big a Dylan fan as anyone ever was, which does not mean I rush out to read each and every bio or lit crit treatment of metaphor or misogyny that come along from the popular and academic presses. So many. One can be discriminating. This one belongs on the small shelf with Sean Wilentz, Greil Marcus, Suze Rotolo, Dylan's Chronicles, and the collections of the interviews. [Ellen Willis essays ...more
Claire
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received Another Side of Bob Dylan as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Another Side is a memoir of Victor Maymudes and, to a lesser extent, his son Jacob, who sifted through hours of his father's taped narratives following the latter's death in 2001. Victor was one of Dylan's early friend and later his tour manager, an association which put in him in contact with some of the greatest creative minds of a generation. Jacob's own thoughts about and memories of his father and Dylan are also interspers
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Matt Good
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I listened to this as an audiobook checked out from the library read by the author's son (who is also an author of part of the text). Victor Maymudes worked with Dylan on and off again for thirty plus years in the capacity of tour manager and sometimes property manager. The book is more of a meditation on grief and the relationship between a father who is complex and his adoring but often ignored son. There is a fair helping of Dylan, but it does not add much to or change the Dylan mystique. Bob ...more
Anastasia Karel
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more, but sadly there isn't any more and it's amazing that we have this book at all! As a lot of other reviews state, the title is misleading. The book is about Victor Maymudes and covers a lot of his life, including the parts he spent in Bob Dylan's company. I believe that the book does offer another side of Dylan, and I learned at least a few things I didn't know previously. The best thing that the book does is present the history as if Victor w ...more
Daniel Garcia
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
The title of the book can be misleading. For two basic reasons:

1 - This is not really a book about Dylan. It's the memories of V. Maymudes who was his tour manager (and friend) for some years.

2 - It doesn't really present "Another side" of Dylan. It just reinforces what all other books and documentaries already presented: Dylan is a jerk. A very talented one, a genius, but still a jerk.

With all that being said it is a good book. Maymudes is an interesting character by himself and there are some
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Don Gorman
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I am a good music freak, also a child of the 60's, and when I read the reviews of this book not only in the Sunday N.Y. Times book section and in Rolling Stone I was intrigued. There is some very interesting stuff about Bob Dylan here. Early Dylan, his directions, his neuroses, his influences. We knew of a lot of this but there is some insight in this book. There is also an awful lot of information about Victor Maymudes and his fight for survival (financially primarily). I enjoyed the descriptio ...more
Steve
Sep 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
This somewhat interesting account of early Sixties culture was brought low by the mundane nature of most of the 'insights' into Bob Dylan. To be fair, since the book was based on tapes left by his deceased road manager and brought to publication by his son, the author may have planned to add juicier tidbits before its release, but the self exalted, overly groovy tone diminished his first person accounts of life with Bob. Everything from taking credit for starting the polka dotted shirt fad to be ...more
Steve
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
If you've seen many pictures of Dylan in Woodstock in the early 60s, you will recognize Victor Maymudes as the guy who plays chess with him. Maymudes acted as kind of a road manger for Dylan in the 60s and again in the 90s. He died in 2001, and his son transcribed a number of tapes that Victor had made as a start of a memoir about Dylan (and many others). It paints a good picture of Dylan (and the times), though if you've read many bios of Bob (and who hasn't), there might not be a lot in there ...more
Ed Mckeon
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not impressed. Maymudes may have been Dylan's Zelig, but when he begins his audio diary with the notion that he doesn't plan to say anything negative about Dylan, it's akin to saying he's abandoning the whole truth for a partial version, thereof. This becomes obvious when Maymudes son, who is writing the book from his father's taped memoirs, finds out from another source how Dylan got Maymudes off the hook in a case of stauatory rape. What did I learn about Dylan that I didn't know, and find int ...more
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